The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1906

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The steamer Niagara, of the Ontario and Quebec Navigation company's fleet, which ran an excursion into the city yesterday, from Oswego, N.Y., came within an ace of being tied up. The trouble was partially outlined in yesterday's Whig, that the steamer was not showing her certificate of inspection as required by law. The Niagara is allowed to carry 450 passengers coasting in inland waters, but only 250 on the lake.

Customs officials, meeting the boat on her arrival, at Craig's wharf, yesterday morning, noted that she had on board 332. It seems the excursionists boarded the boat at night and no particular heed was paid to the number. As it was, however, the steamer is perfectly seaworthy. She is a large boat - an iron-clad, built in Glasgow, and has come across the Atlantic ocean, and has ample deck room, though slight cabin accommodation.

When the trouble commenced to brew, Capt. Skillen notified the head office, in Picton, that there was a likelihood of the steamer being held. James De C. Hepburn, general passenger agent, arrived on the steamer Alexandria, at five o'clock in the afternoon, and interviewed Abraham Shaw, of the customs house. The matter was fixed up, and the Niagara given her clearances, leaving at six o'clock on her return trip.

Mr. Shaw said he had no idea of tying the boat up. More attention to regulations on the part of the boat's officers is the thing desired. Of late, on more than one occasion, passengers on excursions have, on their return to the city, voiced the opinion that the particular boat has been crowded to more than her capacity.

It is the duty of the customs officials to see that regulations are adhered to, and they are required to refuse clearance to any boat with one more than her certificate of inspection called for. Unfortunately, however, there are careless customs officials at many ports, as events last summer showed.

Marine Notes.

Several small yachts were up from Alexandria Bay today.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner has cleared from Folger's for Oswego.

The steamers Toronto and Caspian made a trip down the river today.

The sloop Laura D. is lying idle at the slip by the government dry dock.

The steambarge Waterlily with freight from Picton to Montreal, passed down last night.

Captain N. Palmateer and Charles Patterson, engineer, both of Picton, during the forepart of the summer on the steamer Van Allen, have transferred themselves to the steambarge Maple Leaf.

The steamer Alexandria, on her trip down last night, had 104 passengers for Quebec. This was her full complement as far as sleeping accommodation was concerned and twenty Kingstonians anxious to make the trip were disappointed.

Word has been received at the drydock to expect within the next few days a government dredge from Toronto. A tug has gone up to bring her down. She will be thoroughly overhauled before proceeding to do work below Quebec.

M.T. Co.: tug Emerson, from Charlotte, with two barges, coal laden; tug Glide, from Montreal, with two light barges, clearing again with two grain and two coal barges; steamer Algonquin, from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat; tug Emerson cleared for Charlotte with one light barge.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1906